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Highlights in Ayr
- Golf destination
- Heritage railway
- Excellent produce and drinks
- Alloway and its past
- Historic visits
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The historic town of Ayr is home to formidable holidays and lettings with great sea views and a short drive from the ocean. This coastal town is ideal for a seaside holiday, with a long sandy beach and a wide range of activities to enjoy during your stay. Book a holiday rental in the heart of Ayr or in any of the leafy suburbs. You will enjoy a truly Scottish experience in Ayr.Cosy accommodation in Ayr
The holiday rentals in Ayr offer all sorts of amenities and they are equipped to high standards to meet your needs during your stay. Enjoy the spacious and comfortable lounging areas, lovely gardens, terraces, patios and outdoor enclosed areas with your private drive. The pool is ideal for the summer and the fireplace, the perfect ally for autumn and winter evenings. Exposed beams and light coloured spaces make you feel welcome. The outside reflects the traditional Scottish architecture and the flair of a coastal town ready for visitors to arrive.
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The area and getting around
Ayr is a seaside town located on the southwest coast of Scotland and about 37 miles from Glasgow. This popular resort offers a charming sea front, a fantastic sandy beach, the Ayr Racecourse dating back to the 16th century, and it hosts the Ayrshire Handicap and the Ayr Gold Cup and the Scottish Grand National. The outskirts of town is where Robert Burns was born, and you can visit the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Enjoy some shopping and great dining experiences.Discover Ayrshire and its stunning scenery
The landscapes of Scotland are surely some of the most spectacular and picture-perfect sceneries we can see in the north of the country. The beauty of the Scottish countryside will steal your heart, and the ocean views will give you a boost to recharge your batteries during your stay. Take a walk around an ancient castle, discover the story behind the Vikings’ past on these shores and experience the perfect life, full of tasty food and drink, enthralling outdoors and unbeatable views.
Travellers and activities
Considered as one of the best golf destinations in the world, in Ayrshire you can choose close to 50 golf courses. From classic links to majestic and challenging layouts. Enjoy a golf tour with a partner or go with the family. Enjoy a day of golf at one of the most treasured link courses: Royal Troon, Prestwick Golf Club, and Turnberry. Improve your swing at the challenging Dundonald links or spend your day at Glasgow Gailes, the 9th oldest golf club in the world. Belleisle, Seafield and Dalmilling are also excellent golf courses you might like to visit. Have you played golf on an island? The island of Arran, off the Ayrshire coast, boasts seven outstanding courses reachable by ferry from Ardrossan. The courses include Brodick, Whiting Bay, Corrie, Lamlash, Machrie Bay, Lochranza, and Shiskine, a course that features holes at the base of Drumadoon Cliffs and offers excellent views over Kilbrannan Sound. Get your clubs ready and book your golf day or your golf holidays in Ayr.Ayr for food lovers
Discover the Scottish flavours in Ayr. Try the best quality beef, game, lamb and pork from Ayrshire with some Ayrshire “earlies”, the first potatoes each year to see the sunlight and name protected. Products from the sea are always included in the menus. Indulge in fresh seafood from the waters of Arran and Ayrshire, langoustines in particular, lobsters, crab, mackerel, Scottish salmon and oysters. Whisky, beers and spirits are also a distinctive mark in Scotland. Spirits have a strong presence in the region. The region has Ailsa Bay distillery and William Grant & Sons’ Girvan. Enjoy a Hendrick's G&T. The Arran Brewery and the Ayr Brewing company produce excellent and award-winning beers. Enjoy your meal in Ayr.
Did you know in 2014 Ayr was recognised as the second healthiest town centre in the United Kingdom by the Royal Society for Public Health?
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As food and drinks are an important part of the Scottish culture and of Ayr, you can learn how to cook delicious Scottish dishes using seasonal and local produce from Ayrshire at the Home Cook School kitchen in Maybole. One-to-one and small group sessions available with Lindsay at the school or in the comfort of your own holiday rental in Ayr. Elevate your cooking skills, whilst learning how to cook scrumptious Scottish dishes including Chicken Balmoral (stuffed with haggis), 'Cullen Skink' (a smoked fish soup), and the sweet 'Raspberry Cranachan', a traditional Scottish dessert with oats, sweetened cream, and whiskey.2. An amble around Old Alloway
Visit the historic village of Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns, the local bard. Follow the Treasure Trail at the entrance of the village, the Sherlock Shenanigans trail. It can be tricky, exciting and challenging. The trail will take you around the village and into the Poet's Path, Alloway Parish Church, Robert Burns Birthplace museum, Burns Monument Gardens, Auld Kirk and the Old Railway line. Enjoy a leisure walk around the village that will take up to 2.5 hours, although you can extend it if you spot something that catches your eye!3. Where is the treasure in Ayr?
About 200 years ago, a pirate ship landed in Ayr and raided a local castle. As their plans to escape were quashed, they hastily buried the loot in Ayr. An old map of the village has recently been discovered by an archaeologist with the location of the stolen treasure. Discover the archaeologist’s name and age, the type of treasure they buried, what year that happened and where the pirate ship set sail to. This treasure hunt starts and finishes at the same place - Place de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Follow the clues and be aware that all the answers to each clue will also give you some incorrect information that you will have to tick off the list to finally find the correct ones.4. Go to Dundonald Castle
We can consider Dundonald Castle as a truly Scottish hidden gem, tucked away in a rural landscape in the south area of Ayrshire. The ruins of this 14th century castle draw in visitors and history buffs. The castle is linked to Scots King Robert II, the Stewart dynasty and the Cochranes. Admire the barrel-vaulted ceilings, take in the stunning views and listen to the stories and learn about the history in the tours led by local guides. A visit to Dundonald Castle is a fantastic day out for the whole family.5. The Doon Valley Railway
Experience the only heritage railway in South West Scotland. Steam travel in this unique train, 10 miles from Ayr. Take a trip on the brake van hauled by a steam locomotive, the main line. Admire the vast collection of steam and diesel locomotives, visit the lovely museum with pictures and railway memorabilia from a bygone era. There is a working model you can also see! It is Steam Day!
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COVID-19 has severely impacted the travel industry. Based on our 2020 data, Ayr has an annual average price of £102.27 per night.
Those who want to be budget-friendly should travel to Ayr in February, January, and March the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of £76.31, £77.17, and £79.9 per night, respectively, based on data collected in 2020.
In 2020, the month that had the highest annual average in Ayr was August, with an average price of £126.28 per night. This was followed by July, with an average of £126.19, and October, with £116.19.
It is better to book your stay in plenty of time when visiting Ayr, as only 41% of our properties are usually available throughout the year.
The months when it's the easiest to find available accommodation in Ayr are April (the average amount of properties that are free reached 57.25% of the total in 2020), November (57%), and December (56.5%).
Holiday rentals in Ayr reach their peak in demand in September, with an availability rate of 11.75%. The second most requested month is August, with 22%, and the third is October with 31%.
In Ayr we offer you a comprehensive catalogue of approximately 150 properties, with options for all tastes, thanks to our 11 local and international partners.